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Fundraising Manager – Applications Open

March 14, 2024


Refugee Biryani & Bananas is looking for a passionate and ambitious Fundraising Manager to join our small team. We are looking for someone with the skills and determination to help grow our charity over the coming years through effective fundraising across various revenue streams.

  • Role: Fundraising Manager
  • Responsible to: CEO
  • Purpose: Fundraising and income generation 
  • Location: Remote (with possible trips to Greece)
  • Hours: 37.5 hours/week (applications at 0.8 FTE will also be considered)
  • Contract: 18 months (with the hope to make permanent; 6 month probationary period)
  • Salary: £32,000 – £40,000 (depending on experience)
  • Closing date: 11th April
  • Interview: will be held on a rolling basis or after the close

Refugee Biriyani and Bananas (RBB) is a small grassroots organisation that provides humanitarian aid to displaced communities in Greece and worldwide. We are looking to grow from a small to medium-sized charity over the coming years and to scale the humanitarian aid we can provide across multiple locations. RBB is led by founder and CEO Ruhi Akhtar, 5 engaged Trustees, and a small team of staff and volunteers running our programmes. 

To achieve this, we are opening this new role in RBB, looking for an experienced, creative and driven Fundraising Manager with a proven track record of income generation for small charities. The individual will lead on all aspects of our revenue growth with a focus on building a pipeline of opportunities and fundraising capacity across the organisation. We expect there to be a focus across all revenue streams including, but not limited to, Trusts and Foundations, Crowdfunding and Individual Donations.

Role Summary 

The person in this role will work closely with the CEO to improve and execute on RBB’s new Fundraising Strategy with the aim to generate more income for our objectives. We expect the incoming Fundraising Manager to continue work on improving and defining our strategy and to execute upon it.

To date, RBB’s CEO has split her time across fundraising and project implementation. This role will provide additional capacity to focus on the overall development of the charity, as well as providing specialist expertise.  As such, the ideal candidate will be self-motivated and proactive in identifying the key priorities of work to be done and to take a lead. 

RBB has a strong track record with small grants and public crowdfunding.  Our ideal Fundraising Manager has experience across both these areas and can manage these strands. Alongside these, we have further ambitions to grow our individual donations – including growing recurring donations – as well as corporate in-kind and financial donations.

We are also excited to explore innovative and alternative fundraising streams. These might include influencer marketing, ad campaigns, leveraging student networks or working in partnership with other charities to launch common crowdfunders or develop collaborative bids to foundations.

This is the second full-time role taken on by the charity. As such, the selected individual will become a core part of our small but ambitious charity. The right candidate will demonstrate a passion for helping charities grow in size and impact, and ideally have experience in the refugee and migrant sectors. The Fundraising Manager will be expected to represent the charity publicly to donors and the wider third sector.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of charitable/business development more generally, including Impact Measurement, Communications, Strategy and Project Management. 

This role is remote. However, we expect the selected candidate to visit the charity’s work in the field – most likely in Greece – during the first few months of work, and work alongside staff and volunteers to better understand the situation on the ground. We believe this is important to fully understand and represent the charity. All travel costs will be covered by the charity.

Hiring a Fundraising Manager is an incredibly exciting step for us as a charity. For the right candidate this should also be an incredibly exciting opportunity to be part of the early-stage growth of an impactful and grassroots charity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute an income generation strategy that includes Trusts & Foundations, Crowdfunding, Individual Donations and Corporate Donations
  • Explore and develop innovative or alternative funding streams
  • Representing RBB, raising our profile and acting as a spokesperson
  • Mobilise and manage occasional fundraising interns, volunteers and ambassadors
  • Identify and submit small, medium to large-sized grants
  • Maintain relationships and support with reporting to funders and donors
  • Prepare and manage crowdfunding appeals for the charity
  • Build our recurring donor base
  • Support with wider charitable governance, reporting and administration as required
  • Support with digital communications related to fundraising 
  • Ensure our fundraising efforts remain ethical and reflect the charity’s values 

Person Specification 


  • Team working skills 
  • Ability to manage workload remotely and independently 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Experienced fundraiser with track record of generating income for charities 
  • Expertise across a range of income streams
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences


  • Insight and experience in refugee work 
  • Experience of charity governance or committee work
  • Proficiency in other languages

Our Offer

  • You will be joining a team who put people first and will make you feel valued, help you to learn, and support you to thrive in your role and within the charity.
  • Remote working
  • 3% matched pension contribution.
  • 25 days holiday per annum plus bank/public holidays

Special Conditions

The post is subject to a satisfactory criminal records disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and two references. Only those with the legal right to work in the UK will be considered for this opportunity.

Please note that this role is subject to a 6-month probationary period, during which time, the employee has the right to terminate the contract with 1-week notice, and the employer with 2 weeks notice. 

Application Process

Please submit a CV and Cover Letter to with the Subject Line “Fundraising Manager”. Deadline for applications is 11th April however interviews may be held on a rolling basis and the position may be closed if a suitable applicant is found. A feasible start date will be discussed with the chosen applicant, however we are looking for this person to join our team as soon as possible.

We welcome applications from anyone with the required skills and experience: whatever their background. We actively encourage applications from those whose identities reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in the charity / NGO sector. We are a safe space for everyone.

If you would like to find out more about the role before submitting a full application, we’d be happy to arrange a brief information call. Please email

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